Jason Jarrett: Charlotte in his own words

A Mixed Bag at Lowes By Jason Jarrett I am flying home from an appearance and started thinking about the upcoming week. Charlotte, or Lowes Motor Speedway, as it is now called, has always been one of my favorites. For a lot of us, Lowes brings...

A Mixed Bag at Lowes
By Jason Jarrett

I am flying home from an appearance and started thinking about the upcoming week. Charlotte, or Lowes Motor Speedway, as it is now called, has always been one of my favorites. For a lot of us, Lowes brings a sense of familiarity, a sense of "home court" if you will. I have been going to races at Charlotte for as long as I can remember. Yet, as familiar as it may seem, every time we get ready to race Lowes many different emotions come about.

Through the years I have seen so many things happen there, good and bad, as have many of you. I remember being in Victory lane with dad, but I also remember not being there when dad go hurt at Charlotte in 1980. I was only five but I still remember this day! I remember getting a few laps of practice in a Busch car before backing in the fence. That day, I went from feeling so good to feeling terrible.

I also remember starting side by side with dad in 1998. We qualified 11th and 12th, he was 11th but it was like a story or something. I later crashed in the race and he finished 12th, but I have so many great pictures and memories from that day. That is still the only race we have competed in together, who knows; maybe we can do that again soon.

I have been in my share of qualifying races trying to make the Busch race there. I made some and I missed some. My first ARCA start came at Lowes and was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year. I qualified 3rd and finished 4th in a car that was loaned to us from Bill Amick. I remember great races from every division at Charlotte, but I also remember having lost good friends during some of these events.

You see, I love racing at Lowes and have done well there for the most part, but my emotions run high during my time spent there. I don't dwell on this too much, but I think about so much when Charlotte rolls around. Now, it is my job to think about winning at Charlotte, this will help override some of these thoughts and emotions.

My friends and family always find time to make it to Charlotte to support me and the team. Mom doesn't make it to many races, but she always makes time to come see me there. I really enjoy when my friends and family get the chance to see us live, it saves on the cell phone bill too.

Well, my plane is landing in Greensboro and Charlotte race week is here. Let's go win a race ML Motorsports!

Jason Jarrett is the driver for the Biomet/Damon RV sponsored ML Motorsports #67 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and is also a member of the Coca-Cola Racing family.

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